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Long time since we had our last Google Earth optical illusion. I had this submitted by many people, but somehow forgot to publish it by now. In short – this aerial (or satellite) photo gives impression there is an ancient Indian listening to the iPod. Take it as you will, but the picture truly resembles something. Hey, wouldn’t this be amazing free advertisement for Apple? If I were in their marketing team, I’d really take advantage of it. Here are some quotes from people who submitted this. “Hey fella, have a look at this. May be worthy of inclusion in the list.. Cheers Mark Ward. Manchester England.”

Rachel Creed: “This is a pretty amazing shot of a relief map just outside Medicine Hat, Ab Canada. It looks like an Indian with an ear bud in. Here is the Google Map photo”

James Roseborough: “You probably have seen this one, but I first heard about it on CBC Radio show “As It Happens”. They were trying to figure out a name for this formation. It’s an image straight out of Google Maps, and looks like an Indian chief wearing an iPod!”

Indian with an iPod in Google Earth


54 Responses
  1. Anonymous says:

    xDD it really looks as somebody wearing an ipod!! or a mp3 as well ;)

  2. Anonymous says:

    NICE! very cool! I hope your feeling better Vurdlak!

  3. Anonymous says:

    awesome!! i agree, apple should use this in an ad(and put reely addictive music 2 it- as usual =D)

  4. gemp says:

    First and last comment.

    I liked your website for its regular content; I fancy optical illusions and you’re doing a good job displaying them.

    I usually didn’t mind your (many) auto-referent urls, which never (ever) gave me any useful further information, mostly there -I guess- to improve your page rank on Google. Good for you.

    But I’m tired of searching more information by myself when I’m interested in an artist or, in this case, where that damn indian face is actually located on the damn earth.

    Tho a simple Google Maps link wouldn’t kill you damn page rank. For anyone interested:

    And goodbye.

  5. Zachary says:

    Maybe iPods have been around longer than we thought.

  6. Anonymous says:


  7. Stephen B. says:

    omg thats awesome, both a indian and an ipod, 2 in one! btw first post.

  8. charlie says:

    LAME “i dont see a ipod”
    why do you thing this is a ipod

  9. David Ribeiro says:

    Does anyone has the coordinates?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Hmmm… Couldn’t it also be a Zune? ;)

  11. Anonymous says:

    Where is it?

  12. Anonymous says:

    thats funni LOL! 1st comment? if so YAY!

  13. Anonymous says:

    lol nice one

  14. Anonymous says:

    where is that?

  15. Anonymous says:

    I already knew that one, but it’s nice though

    P.S. first port WOOOT!!:D

  16. Anonymous says:

    It’s strange how Google Earth seems to have so many hidden illusions.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I LUV IT !!!

  18. Scotty says:

    Im first to leave a comment!!!

  19. Anonymous says:

    That’s sweeeet

  20. Anonymous says:

    i wonder to what song he is listening to :P

  21. Kevin says:

    lol do you have coordinates?

  22. Oddriana says:

    That is really awesome. It sure does resemble an Indian listening to earphones!

  23. Anonymous says:

    What kind of music do rock formations listen to? :O

  24. Anonymous says:

    haha the first!! xP..I dont get it!?!

  25. Kostiman says:


  26. huggerz69 says:

    Its actually named ‘The Badland Guardian’…
    and first???

  27. Anonymous says:

    Wow, I love google earth illusions :)

    First comment?

  28. Anonymous says:

    this one is cool, clearly visible.
    Also first

  29. Anonymous says:

    I want to know what sort of music ih he listen….

  30. Rickz says:

    Wow… makes me wonder if the face on mars is really just an illusion or a martian made structure like some cliam :D

    Nice illusion.

  31. Anonymous says:

    I first saw this one in igoogle. How is it anything like an indian? It might be a european…

  32. Anonymous says:

    So funny!! =)

  33. Anonymous says:

    The coordinates are 50° 0’38.20″N 110° 6’48.32″W

  34. Anonymous says:

    50° 0’38.20″N 110° 6’48.32″W

  35. Indelible_feelings says:

    Okay. It really only looks like a person possibly an egyption wearing ear buds that happen to be white like Ipod ones. Your illusions are crap.

  36. Anonymous says:

    GEMP – pull your shovanistic prick outa your nostril and let the man do HIS site how HE wants…

  37. Anonymous says:

    50° 0.758′N -110° 6.946′W
    About 40km east of Medicine Hat, AB

  38. Kurt Avish says:

    WLOL…nice one. Whats the coordinates lol? Nice blog by the way.

  39. Strawberry says:

    I’m Indian, but I don’t look like that. And i don’t have an ipod either. Who wants to buy me one?!

    Well, it might have to do with the fact that i’m actually a human and not globs of dirt, but whatever.

  40. Salad says:

    To all:
    They only call it an indian because he looks like he’s wearing the feathery headdress that some Native American tribal leaders wore. It’s not an insult.

  41. thingy says:

    It’s gr8
    But the ipod part is not that gr8 its just a line (i think)
    And i see way more than 1 face

  42. Vitaly says:

    It appears to be knows as “Badlands Guardian”.

    Here is the link to location Google Maps:

    The coordinates are: 50°00′38.20″N 110°06′48.32″W, according to Wikipedia Article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badlands_Guardian

  43. Someone says:

    This just shows u how popular iPODs r.
    that earphone could not only resemble an iPOD, but an mp3 or any ordinary cellphone…
    anyway, great “illusion” (bet u it’s just another google earth image thats tampered with)

  44. someone says:

    oh so thats what the chief does all day…

  45. Jessica says:

    The “Badlands Guardian” is located in the wastelands of Alberta, Canada, and it’s about 30 miles huge. The “earbud” is actually an oil well, and the “cord” is the dirt road leading to it. That will give you an idea of how huge this thing is. Until Google Earth came along, nobody even knew it was there. It can only be seen from high up in the air, and it’s far from any air traffic lanes.

  46. She_Bad says:

    J A C K A S S !!

  47. Michael Scoble says:

    This is in reference to your remark that that the Apple marketing team should use this.I had a similar thought regarding Camelback Mountain in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area being used by the cigarette company.33º30’53.0″N 111º57’41.8″W

  48. Harriet says:

    I can’t see it? Where is it? Someone give me directions :l

  49. i love my horse molly says:

    the are called aboriganals you are incorrect because christopher columbus was the first person to incorrectly call them indians

  50. suor de sapo says:

    There is another illusion here since the head it is not a mountain but in fact it is a valley.

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